Teaching Civil Disobedience | National Humanities Center

Humanities in Class: Webinar Series, Beyond the Monograph

Teaching Civil Disobedience

Jonathan Levin (Fellow, 1998–99)

November 13, 2014

When Thoreau wrote Civil Disobediencein 1849 he was responding to slavery and the Mexican War, but his essay resonates today as Americans grapple with issues like terrorism, abortion, and civil liberties. In this webinar we examine what was Thoreau’s argument? Is his vision of radical individualism workable in a democracy? How did he critique representative government and the society of his day? And how do his views relate to those of other nineteenth-century American authors? This webinar will explore these and other questions while introducing a new classroom-ready interactive lesson on this widely taught American classic.


Literature / Education Studies / American Literature / Individualism /